Source: Red Sox on Jonathan Papelbon’s no-trade list; Closer open to return to Boston
|05.28.13 at 5:27 am ET|
According to a major league source, Jonathan Papelbon has the Red Sox as one of the eight teams on his no-trade list.
The fact Papelbon has included the Red Sox on his eight-team list shouldn’t come as a surprise considering most players pick big market clubs when identifying which teams they would need to give permission to be traded to. The reasoning often times is due to the notion that if they were dealt o one of those teams, the player could use the potential deal as leverage to enhance their current deal.
While Papelbon wouldn’t comment on his no-trade clause, the Philadelphia closer wouldn’t rule out one day pitching in Boston again. (Although it should be noted, he remains currently perfectly content with the Phillies.)
“Yeah, I could see myself in Boston,” he told WEEI.com. “I could see myself pitching in New York. You know me. I’ve always been the kind of guy who … I don’t really just settle, or accept things. Whatever happens in my future is going to happen. I’m not blind to that fact.”
After the 2011 season, Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies (with a $13 option for ’16 that vests with 55 games finished in ’15, or 100 games finished in ’14-15).
In the last two seasons, Papelbon is fifth in the majors in save percentage (92.2 percent), saving 47 of his 51 opportunities. This season he is 9-for-9, having gone 17 2/3 innings without giving up a run.
“Hopefully I’ll be received well, but I will also accept the fact that I might not,” Papelbon said prior to Monday night’s game. “But hopefully the fans understand that what I did here was come here and help win. That’s the only thing I really wanted to do here and hopefully they’ll understand when I was here that’s all I really wanted to do was help the ballclub win. And we won, and hopefully they’ll recognize that. If they don’t, I understand and I get it and I’ll welcome them with open arms.”
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